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Cherokee Elementary

The staff and students of Cherokee Elementary are excited and looking forward to the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year.    

We are excited to share that our Boys & Girls Club VEX IQ Robotics Club has had a successful year.  We have 2 teams, 4th grade “Vexoids” and 5th grade “Techmaniacs”. Working with robots in a collaborative game format can be a very powerful tool to engage students and enhance their math and science skills through hands-on, student centered learning.  Through participation in the VEX IQ Club, students can develop the essential life skills of teamwork and collaboration, as well as the critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers in our global society.  Our teams will be competing in the State Competition at NSU on March 7th.  We are proud of our students and wish them the best of luck.

I would like to congratulate our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Jessica Morrison.  She is currently a second grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary.  Mrs. Morrison is completing her 3rd year at Cherokee, but has positively impacted the lives of students for 13 years. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful teacher leading our students in the classroom.  She works very hard to make sure all students are learning the required objectives daily and engages them with intriguing activities that promote problem solving and critical thinking.  Jessica is a child advocate, always going above and beyond to meet the needs of her students.      

Cherokee Elementary teachers, students and families recently helped support the Oklahoma Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge at Arrowhead Resort.  Cherokee Elementary raised over $1000, to support this great cause. 

Spring is right around the corner, and that means testing is quickly approaching.   3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be taking the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests in April.  School wide, we have been working hard to prepare our students for this opportunity to showcase their knowledge.  Our teachers have used test data from Formative Assessments, Buckle-Down Assessments, Literacy First Assessments and last year’s test data to differentiate instruction for every student. It is crucial for your child to be at school on time every day in order for them to truly benefit from the enriched lessons their teachers have prepared for them. Students will continue to learn new skills daily and begin to review skills that have been taught. Please encourage your child to talk about what they are learning at school and help them check their homework nightly. 

As you can see, we have been very busy the second semester of school and we are looking forward to completing another successful year.  We are proud of our students  and staff at Cherokee and will take every opportunity to show off their talents.  Like us on Facebook and see more incredible things about Cherokee Elementary.